Plants and Herbs for Celebrating Mabon

Updated: Jun 12





We can feel it in the air, the crisp coolness, the rustling of leaves….fall is near. The Fall Equinox (which is around the 21st – 23rd of September each year) is known by Wiccans, pagans, and other witchy beings as Mabon. This is the festival often referred to as the Witches Thanksgiving. It is the second harvest of the three harvest festivals (the first being Lammas), and it a time to enjoying the benefits of a bountiful harvest. Often this celebration correlates with heartier meals and prepared dishes such as wine, beer/mead, breads, root vegetables.


Mabon is also a time of the year to pay respect to the approaching darkness of winter. Summer’s active energies are dwindling, and we take this time to start turning inward, taking this time to reflect and focus on inner shadow work.


How ever you wish to celebrate this fall season, plants associated with Mabon can help you connect with that aspect you wish to honor. Here are common plants associated with the Mabon festival.



 


Apple

Many myths connect apples to wisdom and immorality. They represent the cycle of death, the womb, and the divine female. As such, it is seen by many pagans and neo-witches as a symbol of the Triple Moon Goddess. As Mabon is the transition and halfway between the Summer and Winter Solstices, apples connect to this aspect of death and rebirth.

Uses: Divine Female, Death, Wisdom, Beauty, Love Witch’s Tip: Try an apple flavored tea


Acorn (Oak)

Seen as containing fire and sun energy, oaks are powerful and strong. Their seed, the acorn contains not only this energy, but is associated with prosperity, abundance, and good fortune. In Germany, oaks are connected to the Fae, as Oak Trees are a f